Each of our four area high schools had softball and baseball teams in action Monday as we near the halfway point of the summer sports season.
Clarion Goldfield Dows:
It was a rough night on the diamond for both of the Clarion Goldfield Dows teams as they met the Humboldt Wildcats in Clarion. The night started off with the 3rd ranked and undefeated Humboldt Wildcats softball team visiting the 3 and 8 Cowgirls and the juggernaut Wildcat team would come away with a 9-0 victory over CGD. The Cowgirls drop to 3 and 9 on the season as they got just 5 hits against Sophomore phenome Ellie Jacobson while striking out 9 times. It’ll be another tough battle for the Cowgirls tonight as they visit 7 and 3 Rockford.
The Cowboys baseball team was in search of its second victory of the season against a 6 and 8 Wildcats squad at home. The Cowboys put themselves in good position with a 3-run bottom half of the first inning but it would be all Humboldt from that point on. The Wildcats scored 6 unanswered runs between the 2nd and 4th innings en route to a 16-4 throttling of CGD to drop the Cowboys to 1 and 10 this season. Freshman Reed Abbas had 2 hits including a double and 2 RBI’s for the Cowboys who will now visit a 5 and 5 Rockford team tonight.
South Hamilton Hawks:
A Taylor Ratzke home run in the 6th inning sparked the South Hamilton Hawks offense as they pulled away for a 10-2 victory over Greene County in Jefferson Monday. The loss breaks a 4-game losing streak as the Hawks now sit at 5-8 ahead of a matchup with Nevada Wednesday.
Eagles baseball defeated North Butler by a score of 8-4 on the road Monday to snap a 3 game losing streak. Eagles now sit at 4 and 8 this season and they’ll be back in action today when they visit West Bend-Mallard in Gilmore City.
The Eagles softball team visited North Butler on Monday for the second consecutive matchup between the teams after meeting the Top of Iowa East team in the Algona Softball Tournament over the weekend. The Eagles prevailed 6 to 4 on Saturday but North Butler would turn the tables Monday for an 8-1 victory in Eagle Grove Monday to drop the Eagles to 4 and 14 overall this year ahead of tonight’s home matchup with the red hot St. Edmond Gaels softball team.
Webster City Lynx:
The St. Edmond Gaels visited Webster City High School Monday night for a pair of games that would end in a split between the two schools. In softball, much like the first matchup between the two teams, an 8-7 Gaels victory, St. Edmond jumped out to an early 3-0 lead after the first inning. The Gaels would continue to build a sizable lead that swelled to 9-1 headed to the bottom half of the 7th inning. The Lynx would stage a mild two out rally off of basehits by Haley Flaws, Taylor McKinney, and Jenna Miller as well as an RBI hit-by-pitch for 8th grader Kelley Stoakes, but ultimately the comeback would fall well short in a 9-4 loss. Flaws would go 3 for 4 with a run scored while Miller would also go 3 for 4 with a pair of RBI’s while taking the pitching loss. Shortstop Taylor McKinney the only other Lynx batter to register multiple hits as she went 2 for 4. The Lynx now sit at 7 and 7 and will visit the 6 and 11 Boone Toreadors tonight in a rematch of a game that the Lynx lost 13-3 in the Ogden Tournament on May 26th.
The Lynx baseball team continued to make light work of their North Central Conference foes Monday night when they hosted the 4 and 5 St. Edmond Gaels. The Lynx would strike for 3 runs in the first inning despite not registering a hit as Gaels starter Jack McEvoy issued 5 walks and a hit-by-pitch. The Lynx would continue to pour it on until the 5th inning when a Cam Moen RBI single would bring the 10th run across for the Lynx who got the 10-victory. Dylan Steen continued to sizzle on the mound as his 5 innings of 1-hit, shutout baseball lowered his season ERA to 0.88. Steen also fired 11 strikeouts to reclaim the lead in Class 3A with 53. The Lynx went 7-19 at the plate with Noah McKinney the only player with multiple hits going 2 of 2. Caleb Olson led the way in run production with 4 RBI’s while Steen also added 3 of his own to extend his team lead in RBI’s with 18. The Lynx now hold the top win percentage in Class 3A as they sit at 9 and 1 as the Boone Toreadors took a 7-3 loss to Bondurant-Farrar Monday to fall to 9 and 2. The Toreadors are currently ranked 5th in the Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Assocation poll released Monday and they will host the Lynx on Thursday. First, however, the Lynx will visit Humboldt on Wednesday for a North Central Conference game that can be heard live on KQWC 95.7FM with first pitch set for 7:30PM, pregame at 7:15.